Story of Our Lady of Knock
Ever since St. Patrick arrived in Ireland preaching the Catholic Faith, the Irish have held a deep love for Mary. On August 21, 1879, Mary appeared with St. Joseph, St. John the Evangelist, and the Lamb of God in the poor rural village of Knock. In the two hours in which the apparition occurred, not a word was spoken, but no words were needed, only comfort, strength, and peace. And that’s what flowed from the apparition. More than 20 people witnessed this event in which healings occurred, and the people’s love and devotion deepened. (Pictured: the Knock Shrine in County Mayo, Ireland.)
On Sunday, August 16, 2020, the Central Association of the Miraculous Medal (CAMM) along with the Mayo County Council, and the Mayo Society of Philadelphia celebrated the feast day of Our Lady of Knock and the launch of a collaboration to build an outdoor shrine to Our Lady of Knock.
The livestreamed event included a prerecorded broadcast from County Mayo, Ireland, the site of the apparition of Our Lady of Knock. Fr. Richard Gibbon, the rector of the Knock Shrine, offered a greeting, and Irish Tenor Cathal Gavin gave a moving performance. We continued with a livestreamed Mass and celebration at The Miraculous Medal Shrine followed by a virtual reception, including wonderful songs by Andy Cooney and his son, Ryan, bagpipers and Irish step dancers from the Rince Ri Irish Step Dancing School.
CAMM continues its efforts to build the shrine, which will be adorned with the culture and customs of Ireland, including Our Lady, St. John the Teacher, St. Joseph, and the Lamb of God. As a gesture of gratitude and unity, Fr. Gibbons blessed a County Mayo flag to be displayed at the Shrine until the Knock Shrine is completed. In addition, CAMM was gifted a stone (relic) from the gable wall where the apparition took place.
The shrine will be located in an outdoor space surrounded by a Rosary Walk and Meditation Garden.
IN THE NEWS
August 14, 2020: Catholic Philly.com: In Ireland and Philadelphia, Faithful Honor Our Lady of Knock
August 16, 2020: Fox News story
August 16, 2020: ABC News story
August 21, 2019: Channel 6 WPVI, Philadelphia Nightly News: Watch a news clip from last year’s Mass in honor of Our Lady of Knock. Don’t forget to join us for our livestream Mass on Sunday, August 16 at 1:00 p.m. as we celebrate the launch of the Knock shrine at The Miraculous Medal Shrine. Click here to view.
August 22, 2019: Catholic Philly. com: Local Faithful Celebrate Irish Apparition of Mary